Similar to the scope of its educational specialty areas, Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (POP) faculty and students work in various complementary areas of research including pharmacoepidemiology, patient safety and program evaluation, sociology-behavioral issues in medication use, and pharmacoeconomics. Research studies oftentimes involve expertise of several of these areas and cross-cutting methodological approaches.
The Department has excellent facilities for quantitative and qualitative research. Qualitative research infrastructure includes conference facilities with state-of-the art equipment for focus groups or patient interviews. Quantitative research facilities include computer labs for students, a department-owned secure research server that houses various population-based datasets, and a variety of software packages.
POP is surrounded by the UF & Shands Academic Health Center (the largest academic health center in the South East with six health colleges), six large research institutes and centers including the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Health Science Center Library, and Shands at UF Teaching Hospital, closely linked on one campus.
Faculty members have been highly successful in attracting extramural research support and are engaged in a variety of ongoing studies, allowing early research experiences of junior graduate students within independent studies experiences.